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Katherine BloomManager of Social Strategy

What are you known for professionally?

I hope to be known as someone who starts and encourages meaningful conversation. I would love to see people engage with news in a way that’s personal and thoughtful, and to ask the tricky questions of themselves and their neighbors.

Why did you join BMTN, and why do you stay?

I was a 20-year-old college student when BringMeTheNews started, and I (half-jokingly) say I’ve been stalking the company ever since. People’s stories are fascinating and l feel lucky to be allowed to help share them. Plus, any place that appreciates and curates excellent puns is a great place to be.

What can’t you stop talking about?

That one is easy – Robbinsdale! My expressions of love for the area are equal parts sincere and overkill. I grew up there and still live close by, so I’m 113% biased.

Quick! What words describe you?

Curious, people-oriented and resourceful. Also – hungry, if we’re talking immediate descriptors.

Any fun facts you want to share about yourself?

My parents couldn’t have children biologically. Twenty years into their marriage my mom went on a medical mission and I was adopted shortly after! My mom and dad dove headfirst into parenthood with a healthy sense of humor and plenty of love. They raised me to avoid over-use of the two ‘b’ words – bored and busy.

Tell us about your family.

My parents are my best friends – my dad passed away in 2013 and I miss him daily, and my mom is the most incurably optimistic person. My boyfriend JD is all of the best adjectives, and I’m thrilled we get to do life together. There’s also a very bossy lady named Rosie, who is a vizsla who rules the roost. My friends are a funny, adventurous bunch who are definitely the siblings I never had.

Who would you most like to have lunch with?

Ethel Kennedy, although I have no idea why she’d want to have lunch with me. I’m all in favor of strong, intelligent, witty women – with just a streak of mischief.

What are three things you love?

’90s Jock Jams, travel and little acts of kindness.

In three songs (or one) what is the soundtrack to your life?

“My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit is a current favorite. Anything by John Denver shoots me into a rabbit hole of nostalgia.

katherine@bringmethenews.com